Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Pen in Bonfire of the Vanities

So he scanned the top of the desk. There was a large handsome leather-bound desk blotter, a gold Dunhill pen-and-pencil set mounted on an onyx pedestal, a collection of paperweights and medals imbedded in Lucite, ... a stack of papers held down by a paperweight consisting mainly of the letters WNBC-TV in thick brass, an intercom with a row of buttons, and a large box-shaped astray with leather sides framed in brass and a brass grillwork on the top ...

Tom Wolfe, Bonfire of the Vanities, 1987.

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